Friday, June 30, 2006
And we missed summer pruning so it is too late to prune them now. But it is going to be a wonderful sight when they all come into flower in the spring and hopefully we will get some fruit as last year wasn't very good.
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We have lots of other cuttings which we will store in sawdust and plant in September.
Posted by Otaki4fruit at 3:40 PM
The Deans have suggested we cut the green macadamias off so we get them before the parrots. Just from that tree. So we have.
It wasn't rats because they can't make such a big hole and their hole is made where the nut meets the stem.
Posted by Otaki4fruit at 3:37 PM
In the foreground are the blackcurrants. There was quite a lot of borer in some of the figs so we are going to put kerosene down the holes and putty them up. Had to saw off some quite good branches though.
Posted by Otaki4fruit at 3:33 PM
Paul was very patient and put in a lot of work, first weeding, then spreading compost and lastly shredded wood from the shredder. The apples have virtually no new growth on them and the only attention we needed to pay them was to make sure their metal stakes weren't rubbing on the trunk.
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Saturday, June 24, 2006
The dalmatian peas grew poorly with thin brittle stalk before. Now they are vigorous with leaves of a good colour and lettuces and sage is thriving. I have dug in some bokashi buckets as well and all we have to do is to perfect the timing of the watering.
Posted by Otaki4fruit at 4:37 PM
Well, I put nettles and comfrey leaves and filled it up with water and left it. Unfortunately I didn't know I had to stir it so when I used it to water the celery the other day it was frothy. Seems stirring is the caper, and of course the comfrey won't grow for a while now. Nettles will, and they are a good source of iron.
Since blueberries don't absorb iron if the pH is too high, I also put it on the blueberries, together with pine needles to sour the soil. Blueberries need a pH of between 5 and 6 and the reading on our pH meter is much higher still. This summer I am determined to water them enough. We will get sawdust for them too as well as blood and bone to restore nitrogen.
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Sunday, June 11, 2006
And let me tell you. My sister Jill stayed for a few nights and during that time we had a lunch party. She and I shelled hazelnuts and chestnuts. She made a hazelnut meringue and we made a kumera and chestnut soup.
Posted by Otaki4fruit at 3:13 AM
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Today we spent ages in the garden as the weather was once again quite beautiful, calm, warm and sunny. I took out the pepinos which neither of us likes (anyone fancy a plant?) and prepared the bed for two cranberries, one more prostrate than the other. I also tested the soil for pH everywhere and found that it is fairly neutral. It varies between 6.7 near the blueberries which are sittng in pine needles to 7.2 and not much more. The soil certainly doesn't need liming if the meter is accurate.
Malcolm started pruning the feijoas next the vege garden and this will hopefully will let in some more sun. We also filled the new tub with the comfrey leaves which have been sitting for ages in a bucket of water and stinking to high heaven. My son in law Bryan drilled a hole in the side of the tub and now we have a wonderful tap. So I could water the garden with comfrey water.
We also have our worm farm back, which is super. We put it with our own mickey mouse tyre set up and that means it is full. I used the worm water, well diluted I might say to feed the citrus, which are also looking great. These had some chicken manure earlier and the mandarins, oranges, lemons, are all going to be great. Not sure the kumquats will be too marvellous.
Pruning is about to take place. A friend from the Tree Crops Association will come next Wednesday to give us a demo of pruning figs, feijoas and hopefully almonds. We hope to get a lot done before we go to Australia on 13 July, where I have to talk to various meetings on complementary currencies and money systems generally.
We also have an automatic timer on the tap so that we can water regularly in the glasshouse now. Already the mustard which I have planted there ( with the contents of many bokashi buckets underneath in one section) is looking healthier. Not sure about the structure of the glasshouse...
There will be so much mulching to do when the pruning starts in earnest. That will test the mulcher. And there is more compost to make.
Posted by Otaki4fruit at 2:56 AM